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Agriculture is a way of life in North Dakota, and agricultural groups in Grand Forks are reaching out to young children to make sure it stays that way. In Spring 2013, Century Elementary School in Grand Forks started its own school garden with funding from an Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and Environmental Change grant, the Grand Forks Soil Conservation District, NDSU Extension Service and its Junior Master Gardener program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the parents of Century School children.
As the ideas and initiatives of young farmers are becoming more prevalent in the agricultural industry, the use of social media is becoming a deciding factor between the success or failure of a business endeavor. While many local farmers, farming associations, and farming equipment vendors have long had an online presence of some kind, most agriculturalists did not examine the benefits of social media until three years ago.
From the cab of a tractor, Marcia Hoplin, who farms near Buxton, N.D., reflected on her more than 20 years of farming experience. "It's the interaction with nature, with the soil. And you're your own boss," she says. "You see the sun come up in the morning, and you see the sun go down at night. It's just a real rewarding type of life." Without any consistent help, she grows wheat, soybeans and navy beans, on top of two seasonal jobs assembling machinery and caring for her handicapped mother. "There's not a lot of time for going to the lakes like everybody does," she says with a chuckle.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The reality they will soon return to work at American Crystal Sugar is generating a mix of emotions among workers locked out of their jobs for nearly two years. Becki Jacobson, a union worker at the Moorhead Crystal plant for more than 30 years, is still unhappy with some aspects of the contract the union approved April 13, but says, "I'm ready to get back to work." She knows it will be difficult working side by side with replacement employees and union workers who went back to the job without a contract. "We were all in this fight together.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- American Crystal Sugar Co. workers locked out of their jobs since Aug.
DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. - A year ago, Beef Products Inc. had four state-of-the art plants, more than 1,300 employees and was expanding aggressively. The meat company was the leading maker of "lean finely textured beef," a low-fat product made from chunks of beef, including trimmings, and exposed to tiny bursts of ammonium hydroxide to kill E. coli and other dangerous contaminants.
BISMARCK -- A divided North Dakota Supreme Court handed locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers a victory with a decision Tuesday that they are entitled to unemployment benefits. The 3-2 decision, following months of deliberation on arguments presented Sept. 18, could mean a payout of about $4 million to North Dakota workers who were locked out since Aug. 1, 2011 under a dispute over a new contract. Job Service North Dakota, which manages the unemployment program, had determined that the workers were not eligible for benefits.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co.
Thief River Falls, Minn.
ADA, Minn. -- Crews from multiple counties and towns battled flames at a grain elevator on east Main Street here Thursday night. Firefighters had been battling the blaze since at least 7 p.m. said an official with the Norman County (Minn.) Sheriff's Department. Minnesota fire crews from Moorhead, Ulen, Twin Valley, Gary, Shelly, Hendrum and Borup, as well as several others, were assisting. Water tanker trucks were bringing extra water to the scene to assist firefighters. Flames were visible from at least 10 miles away.